Your Internal Warning System
Did you know that when you feel pain, your body is warning you that there is something wrong and that you need to take care of. You’re probably thinking that that’s obvious because what’s wrong is that your feel pain. Unfortunately, that causes many people to turn to medication to help them not feel pain.
Though, think of it like a burglar alarm going off in your house in the middle of the night. Would you simply just turn it off and go back to sleep, or would you check your house and possibly call the police? You would certainly what to know what caused the alarm to go off.
In the same way, when we feel pain, that’s our body warning us that there is something that is not right with our body. Taking medicine to cover the pain is like turning off the alarm and going back to sleep without finding out what caused that alarm to go off.
- Degenerative Disc Disease – This can occur over time because of wear and tear to your discs. This type of injury is most often a progressive injury due to a low energy impact, but it can also occur because of a major trauma, such as a car accident.
- Lumbar Disc Herniation – Between each of your vertebrae, there is a spongy substance called a disc. This type of injury, also called a herniated disc, happens due to the degeneration of one of your discs which causes the vertebrae on either side of that disc to grind together.
- Facet Joint Osteoarthritis – Your Facet Joints, which are located in the back of your spine, are two boney surfaces that consist of cartilage between them. That cartilage, along with fluid, is what allows pain free movement of those joint. You will feel pain if the cartilage in those joints breaks down due to facet joint arthritis.
- Isthmic Spondylolisthesis – When one of your vertebrae slips forward due to a small fracture, this is the result. It’s the results of the stress of that bone slipping and causing stress to the bone it’s connected to.
Examining the Pain
Of course, there are various other problems that your back pain may be a warning sign of, which is why you won’t want to ignore that pain. The only way to know what the underlying cause of your pain is to have a thorough evaluation performed.
NUCCA chiropractors are uniquely trained to evaluate the posture and alignment of the body. The NUCCA technique relies on extremely precise postural measurements to determine the underlying cause of back pain and other conditions.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/